Sport

Day of celebration

By Cobram Courier

Cobram’s October harness racing meet was a day of celebration.

To start the day, Moira Shire councillor Peter Lawless unveiled a plaque to mark the completion of the walking paths and stage project, while club stalwarts, Glenice Brooks, Margaret Kennedy, Pat Carroll and Ron Campbell cut the ribbon to open the paths.

On the track, the trotters christened the refurbished track with the Patrick Ryan-trained four-year-old mare having Allthemoves when driven to victory by David Moran for owner Kevin Riseley in the Katunga Clydesdale Hotel Trotters Handicap.

Cr Lawless presented the trophy, donated by the Clydesdale Hotel, to the Riseley’s of Lennytheshark fame.

It was not a great day for the race favourites with only two saluting — Dunrobin for Rochester-trainer Mark Thompson in the Bakers Delight Pace and Cest La Classe, a New Zealand-owned horse trained and driven by Anthony Crossland.

The Junortoun-trained five-year-old mare saluted in the Track Refurbish Celebration Pace claiming the money and a trophy donated by Adele Watson.

Long-shot You Ninety Two, a four-year-old horse owned by Goornong trainer/driver Peter Salathiel, beat out favourite Eye Lash, New Zealand-trained by Amanda Turnbull.

The Newberry stable also joined in the party for the ‘long shots’ with a thrilling win by HFHD, with Village Encounter ahead of the mare’s more fancied rivals in the Pat Carroll Pace.

A delighted Maree Newberry was trackside to accept the trophy for the race named in honour of one of the club’s valued stalwarts and life member, who has served with distinction and continues to do so, rarely missing a race meeting.

Local Numurkah owner Bill Gread could not wipe the smile from his face when Kevin Jnr. Weidenbach drove his five-year-old gelding Mystery Writer to his first career win in a runaway performance.

The young reinsman from Wahring lined up two races later in the Hocking Trading Pace on Manoverthemoon, however was denied a driving double when the Echuca-trained Dallas Nikolay got the judge’s nod in a thrilling photo finish.